Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi— Producer Kamal Jain denies non-payment of dues expect for one vendor
Mumbai: Makers of Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi are yet to clear dues of approximately Rs 1.5 crore to the workers and junior artists, according to Federation of Western India Cine Employees. However, producer Kamal Jain said in a statement that the workers' dues have already been paid and that the production house was going to file a complaint with Film & TV Producers Guild of India against Film and Allied Union.
"The shoot got over on October 13, and all legitimate and due payments were made. One disputed vendor, who has already been paid 70% of his dues, is illegitimately now using the union authority to arm twist us and disrupted our film shoot, which is completely illegal, untenable under the law and clearly is harassment to us and our team," Jain added.
The film, which is due to be released on 25 January next year, is currently under post-production. The makers have been shooting some portions of the film at Filmcity in suburban Mumbai.
The shoot was halted Wednesday afternoon mid-way because of non-payment of dues of workers, technicians and junior artists.
"It has been three months but they have not cleared dues of daily wage workers, which is about Rs 40 lakh. About Rs 90 lakh are to be paid to light vendor and Rs 25 lakh to junior artists. The producer (Kamal Jain) had promised to make the payment by October but he has not fulfilled his commitment," Ashok Dubey, General Secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) told Press Trust of India.
The Film Studio Setting and Allied Mazdoor Union workers stalled work on the sets. The workers union then approached FWICE to seek their help in this matter.
"There was some patch up work that was remaining. We spoke to Kamal Jain in the first week of November to sort out this payment issue. But now he has stopped answering our calls. He had told he will not pay the workers if the shooting comes to a halt," Dubey said.
Dubey said FWICE is planning to write a letter to Prime Focus, a company working on the post production of Manikarnika and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to not work on the film and give it clearance till the payments are made.
"The producers should understand the plight of these workers, technicians and junior artists, there is no safety and security on the sets, there is no insurance for them. Besides this, the quality of food on the sets is not always good and there is also an issue of hygiene.
"We are also planning to meet Kirit Somaiya, who is the chairman of Labour committee," he added.
When contacted Jain, he remained unavailable for comments.
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Updated Date: Dec 01, 2018 09:32:21 IST